Seaham drivers will be getting the hump, for a year at least!

MP Grahame Morris with Seaham taxi drivers Mel Malloy and Graham Parks examining the new speed cushions on North Terrace.
MP Grahame Morris with Seaham taxi drivers Mel Malloy and Graham Parks examining the new speed cushions on North Terrace.
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HATED humps are set to remain in place for a full year before highways chiefs will consider any changes.

Traffic calming measures were installed on Seaham’s seafront in March, replacing sets of chicanes which held up traffic flowing in to the town.

The swap aimed to make the area more welcoming to visitors.

Instead, the speed humps have left drivers furious because they say they are too difficult to manoeuvre.

In June, Durham County Council agreed to carry out a review following complaints, although it says the humps meet specifications and do not pose a risk if people travel at an appropriate speed.

Now it has emerged the council plans to leave the cushions in place until next March before the review begins.

Although more than 700 people have joined a Facebook page calling for action, it says it has received 35 complaints.

Motorists say the scheme, which runs along North Terrace to the end of North Road, has created a rat run through East Shore Village, and suggestions have been made that other measures are brought in.

Mel Malloy, who runs Harbour Taxis, said: “It’s a no-go area and I’ve heard concerns of damage to cars.

“They’re putting together a review, but we want something done about it.”

Easington MP Grahame Morris took up the cause after he was contacted by drivers, and is urging the county councillors to have the humps replaced with cushions of a more traditional design as soon as possible.

Seaham Town Council, which paid 10 per cent of the £80,000 cost of the scheme, says members acknowledge concerns and want to see the situation resolved as soon as possible, while still making the area safe.

It believes having such a number of speed cushions on a short stretch of road is excessive and has a negative impact on the town.

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